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Meaning of amphipathic

am•phi•path•ic

Pronunciation: (am"fu-path'ik), [key]
— adj. Chem.
  1. (of a molecule) having two different affinities, as a polar end that is attracted to water and a nonpolar end that is repelled by it.
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